Joanna here with our monthly round up. What have the Word Wenches been reading in June? What wonderful books have we discovered?
First up, Anne.
[Warning: cookbook ahead]
Pat brings us magic and what I'd call a "comfort read."
THE LIBRARY, THE WITCH, AND THE WARDER, Mindy Klasky
Mindy writes fun paranormal chicklit, and one of her best characters is Jane Madison, a librarian who discovers she’s a witch. In Jane’s books, she has a magical warder assigned to keep her from creating magical disasters. David Montrose, that powerful DC warder, has his own series now, and we get to see all the problems he’s facing behind the scenes. Not only are his personal problems mounting, but magical DC is on the brink of warfare because of his best friend’s actions, while Jane’s talent is blossoming. He’s juggling more than fire balls to solve everything at once, without being demoted again. It’s a fun fantasy ride!
THE SEVEN YEAR SWITCH, Claire Cook
Lovely women’s fiction with a protagonist who was deserted by her adventure-seeking husband and left to survive on her own. She buried herself in raising their child, giving up the travel and hope of family she’d always wanted—until her husband comes home and wants back in her life again. She has to learn to live and trust and develop new relationships. There’s a lot of fun travel tidbits since she acts as a home-bound travel agent. I would have liked to see her learn enough to actually achieve some of her goals instead of just a potential new love, but it was a pleasant journey worth taking for the fun.
Mary Jo with what sounds like a fun read.
Mary Jo here. I had a delightful time reading the latest Trisha Ashley book, The House of Hopes and Dreams. Her books are usually about creative heroines in their thirties who are rebuilding their lives (probably in Lancashire), and in the process they find a great eccentric guy who is just right for them. In HHD, the heroine, Angelique Arrowsmith, known as Angel, is a passionate and talented stained glass artist whose life has just fallen apart.
Angel's lifelong best friend is Carey Revells, whose enthusiasm and skills as a home renovator have made him a reality TV star on a cottage makeover show, but he and Angel haven't met much in person since they left art school and she went north to work with her older lover, a famous stained glass artist. The book begins with Carey recovering from an accident that left him bedridden for months and cost him his TV show and his girlfriend. Then a solicitor informs him he has inherited a large, historic, and rundown house from an uncle he never knew he had.
The house needs lots of work, and it happens to have a stained glass workshop created by Carey's great-grandmother, a noted glass artist. So very shortly, Angel is living in the house, helping Carey, fixing up the glass shop, and coping with an alien looking black Chihuahua mix that likes biting male ankles. Soon the house is flowing with friends, workmen, a film crew–and plenty of hopes and dreams fulfilled as well as an old mystery unraveled. If you like friends-to-lovers stories, this is for you!
The House of Hopes and Dreams is right up there with my very favorite Trisha Ashley, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Which, by happy chance, is only $2.99 in the US Kindle store. So if you haven't read it, here's your chance for a Christmas in July. It will make you happy and hungry. <G>
Andrea says: I’ve been a fan of Elizabeth George’s long-running Thomas Lynley detective series for ages. But after she shook up her readers by killing off a major character, I , like many, had a hard time getting back into it, feeling some of the books that followed lost the the sort of subtle psychological insights and interplay that made the books so interesting. I decided to give the last one a try and was heartened to feel George was getting back her mojo. I recently read her latest one, The Punishment She Deserves, and was happy to feel that George is back in top form.